Have you considered the social, health costs of poverty?
Homelessness, costs more than the solutions. Yes I know some will always be shoeless, as well as some will always be poor.
The tax system favors those with money.
Look at how a corp can stash profits overseas and wait to bring it back to the US for taxation.
They can wait years from what I understand.
Many are waiting for a tax reduction, temporary as the last one was to repatriate profits, at a lower tax rate.